The unscripted cast reunion special along with all 236 episodes of the series starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will be available to subscribers at the launch of HBO Max.
This is not a drill! Friends is coming back with the cast of the TV show reuniting for an exclusive, untitled, and unscripted special for HBO Max. The show last aired 15 years ago (and nine months, to be exact) on May 6, 2004. Fans have been asking for a reunion for years now. After brushing off rumors and speculations of a Friends reunion all this time, the people at Warner Media are finally making all that wishful thinking a reality. It comes just in time for the big release of their direct-to-consumer streaming service that will be debuting in May 2020. Could this be any more perfect?
The original stars of the show, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will be returning to Stage 24, in the Warner Bros. Studio where the series was shot in the 90s. According to Variety, the six stars will reportedly receive at least $2.5 million each for participating in the special. The reunion is going to be a celebration of the beloved show that had a successful run for 10 seasons, starting in 1994. The unscripted cast reunion special will be available to subscribers at the launch of HBO Max, along with all 236 episodes of the Emmy-winning series. These episodes were previously available on Netflix until Warner Bros bought the streaming rights for their own streaming platform. It was one of the most-watched shows on Netflix but is no longer available on the platform.
Cue up The Rembrandts and get ready to argue about if Ross and Rachel were on a break. The cast of "Friends" is reuniting on HBO Max https://t.co/1aXR9rneQo— CNN (@CNN) February 21, 2020
When the show exited from Netflix, sales of both physical and digital copies of Friends tripled, stated Rosemary Markson senior vice president of TV marketing at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. They were on a break but the fans could just not wait for it to be available for streaming again! The special will come from Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and Fulwell 73 Productions. Ben Winston, who is the co-executive producer of The Late Late Show as well as the show's segments "Carpool Karaoke" and "Drop the Mic", will be directing and producing the reunion special. He will be joining Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane who will be executive producers of the special. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer will also be executive producers.
The Friends cast were the first to make the announcement and shared it with the caption, "It's happening." Matt LeBlanc of course, the funny guy that he is, shared a picture of the original cast of M*A*S*H to make the announcement. Aniston broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest to reach one million followers on Instagram, with the first post which was with her Friends castmates. The 51-year-old actress who shortly after appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” mentioned that the six actors were working on something together, which was enough to get the fans in a frenzy, even though she said it would not be a Friends sequel. Well played Jen!
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV said in a statement. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real-time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”
If you are excited about the reunion and would like to rewatch all the 10 seasons for the millionth time, but don't own a copy of the show, here's what you can do. WarnerMedia's sister network TBS has got you covered. For the next four weeks, every episode of Friends will air on TBS. It will also be available for live-streaming on the TBS app. Tune in weekdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The network has also curated experience for fans, offering the best of the series on their digital platforms.